About the School
The Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts (JMW Arts High School) is a comprehensive, college-preparatory high school with a focus on the arts. We are committed to preparing our students to go on to top colleges in the nation, while concentrating their studies in a chosen arts discipline: visual arts, dance, music or theater.
Students attend an extended school day to fit in all required academics, while providing daily intensive study in their chosen discipline. Students also have access to all clubs and sports teams through their respective home schools so they may receive a well-rounded high school education.
The JMW Arts High School is free to all Pawtucket residents, while out-of-district students can attend by paying tuition.
All prospective students must be in good academic standing, as well as audition before a panel and/or submit a portfolio of work to be considered for admission. Students with or without formal training are encouraged to apply our admissions panels are trained to spot raw talent in enthusiastic, interested candidates.
Our first graduating class in June of 2009 have been accepted into many prestigious colleges and universities such as:
- RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)
- Mass Art
- Chicago Institute of Art
- Maryland Institute of Art
- Rhode Island College
- University of Rhode Island
- Hofstra University
- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
- Roger Williams University
- Franciscan University at Stubenville, Ohio
- Florida State, Theatre
- University of Bridgeport
- Dean College, Dance